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What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People Paperback – April 15, 2008
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Adult/High School—This book illustrates which nonverbal clues telegraph untrustworthiness and deception and which radiate sincerity and compassion. In this fascinating take on body language and the ability to decipher it for use in everyday life, Navarro emphasizes that while knowing the reasons for certain behaviors—like touching one's neck—can be useful in "reading" people, they are not foolproof barometers of deception. A former FBI agent who commonly used these techniques to help crack cases, the author cautions about jumping to conclusions and encourages using clusters of nonverbal patterns to help discover whether a person is lying or just under stress. One chapter is devoted to the brain and its limbic system, which controls those involuntary quirks of behavior. Black-and-white photos illustrate different points throughout. This book is a worthy research tool, and a good addition to larger collections.—Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI
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“A masterful work on nonverbal body language by an exceptional observer. Joe Navarro’s work has been field-tested in the crucible of law enforcement at the highest levels within the FBI. I cannot praise the book enough.” (--David Givens, Ph.D., author of Crime Signals and Love Signals)
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If you are a people watcher, this book will provide insight light years beyond what you think you understand.
It also can help people who are a bit socially ackward with feeling comfortable around people they do not know.
Since I found that a lot of the points made in the book are easy to pick up on and understand, I will point out some of the points I highlighted as interesting. If you have a decent amount of life experience, I think you'll find that you know as much as I do or more on the topic already.
- "When there is stress, the lips will begin to tighten and disappear" (Lip Compression)
- "We purse out lips or pucker when we are in disagreement with something or someone, or we are thinking of a possible alternative"
- Concealment of hands (under tables, behind objects) should be avoided because this can be perceived as uncomfortable, withdrawn, sneaky, or deceptive.
- Finger pointing is an offensive gesture.
- Steepling of hands is a sign of confidence.
- Thumbs sticking up, or sticking out of pockets is a display of confidence.
- Stroking of fingers or palms is a sign of nervousness/ low confidence.
- The feet are the most "honest" part of the body. How they react is most genuine, however, is often overlooked.
There are more interesting facts mentioned in the book that make it an interesting read, but I mentioned these because they are the ones I think are most interesting (that I didn't know of previously). Navarro also adds stories of his personal experiences in numbered boxes within the text to emphasize how these techniques have helped him in the FBI and throughout his personal life. The issue I have with these numbered boxes as well as the pictures within the text is that they are referenced throughout the text, but they are not organized well in the book. I feel like the pictures should have been added directly below the paragraph mentioning a certain behavior, rather than on the next page or 2 pages over. I bought this thinking it would have more information on micro-expressions, because of my fascination with the show "Lie to Me" based on Ekman's studies, but it didn't incorporate a lot on the topic.
Overall, it is an interesting book, but not quite as informative as I would have liked.